Auditor Testifies at Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial

Auditor Testifies at Southaven Mayor's Civil Trial

Lawyers were back at it in Jackson as Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' civil trial reconvened Monday.
JACKSON, MS (abc24.com) - Lawyers were back at it in Jackson as Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' civil trial reconvened Monday.

Davis is accused of spending $170,000 of city money on himself, his family and his lover. Davis has already paid the state nearly $100,000; now the mayor and state auditor are arguing over the rest.

State investigator Karen Swain led the audit into Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.

"We did some research on where some of these transactions had taken place with names lake 'Flirt' and 'French Kiss' and 'Jungle Paradise', and I'm looking at the credit card statement and I know that 14-hundred dollars had been spent at one of them," she testified.

She continued, "What kind of situation is this that you entertain businessmen at French Kiss? So, then I start going on the internet to see what French Kiss is or what Jungle Paradise is and I find out they're boutiques."

Swain testified Davis submitted no explanations or receipts. She found specific problems with trips Davis took to Key West and Arizona, saying he was fraudulently reimbursed by the city. She said Davis had his secretary create a fake receipt so the city would pay for over $10,000 in personal counseling in Arizona.

"Sometimes it was dollars off, sometimes it was hundreds, sometimes it was thousands off," Swain stated.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week. Over half a dozen witnesses, including several Southaven city employees and five aldermen, are still expected to testify.

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